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Siegbert Tarrasch
Number of games in database: 946
Years covered: 1879 to 1933
Overall record: +442 -202 =256 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      46 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C77 C67 C78 C66 C65
 French Defense (59) 
    C11 C10 C14 C01 C12
 Four Knights (39) 
    C49 C47 C48
 French (37) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    D02 D05 A46 E10 A40
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D55 D53 D64 D63 D61
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (98) 
    C67 C77 C83 C80 C82
 French Defense (47) 
    C00 C01 C12 C11 C14
 Sicilian (33) 
    B40 B45 B23 B34 B24
 Tarrasch Defense (31) 
    D32 D34 D33
 French (30) 
    C00 C12 C11 C13
 Ruy Lopez, Open (30) 
    C83 C80 C82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 1-0
   Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 1-0
   Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 1-0
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Breslau (1889)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Vienna (1898)
   Marshall - Tarrasch (1905)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Ostend (Championship) (1907)
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
   Ostend (1905)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Hastings (1895)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Semmering (1926)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I. by Dr. Siggy
   good games by sk.sen
   Praeceptor Mundi by chocobonbon
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III. by Dr. Siggy
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Odds games by WhiteRook48
   The tT Players by fredthebear
   Chigorin-Tarrasch match by keypusher
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (match) by Akavall
   Match Chigorin! by amadeus
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part II. by Dr. Siggy

   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1896

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(born Mar-05-1862, died Feb-17-1934, 71 years old) Germany

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Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau. At 15, he learned the game of chess, and he shot to prominence quickly, winning four consecutive international tournaments: Breslau (1889), Manchester in 1890 ( ), Dresden (1892) and Leipzig (1894). He won the Monte Carlo (1903) tournament. After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two players agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, but the negotiations collapsed after Tarrasch requested a postponement. A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Despite this loss, Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory.

Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published Die Modern Schachpartie and Three hundred Chess Games.

Lines from both the Queen's Gambit and the French Defense are named after him. He is known for a guideline in Rook endings that Rooks generally serve their best purpose behind passed pawns. Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability.

Notes: Siegbert played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck.

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 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 946  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-039 1879 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
2. Tarrasch vs F Riemann 0-118 1879 BreslauC67 Ruy Lopez
3. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-024 1879 BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 1-022 1879 BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-026 1879 BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 0-124 1879 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
7. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-033 1879 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
8. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-032 1879 BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-019 1879 BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-020 1880 Breslau000 Chess variants
11. F Riemann vs Tarrasch 1-041 1880 BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Tarrasch vs Landau 1-017 1880 white blindfoldedC55 Two Knights Defense
13. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-027 1880 matchC11 French
14. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-024 1880 Breslau000 Chess variants
15. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-037 1880 BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
16. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-027 1880 BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
17. Tarrasch vs W Cohn  1-029 1880 matchB44 Sicilian
18. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-021 1880 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
19. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-028 1880 BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
20. Tarrasch vs NN 1-011 1880 BerlinC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Mendelson vs Tarrasch  0-146 1880 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
22. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-130 1880 BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
23. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-023 1880 BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
24. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-115 1880 BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
25. Tarrasch vs Mendelson  1-024 1880 BreslauC49 Four Knights
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  TheFocus: <Intellectual activity is perhaps the greatest pleasure of life; chess is one of the forms of intellectual activity> - Sigmund (and the Sea Monsters) Tarrasch.
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  offramp: <<offramp: <Mr. V:.. Offramp, I see you are also a Tarrasch fan. What do you mean by describing his wit as "Teutonic"? Just curious. I've never hear of any humor described thus.>

I really just meant that it was German. I think his sense of humour is very dry and often aimed at himself. Often, one has to think for a while to realise it is even a joke at all. I'll try to find some examples...>

And our esteemed colleague TheFocus has posted some very good examples.

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  TheFocus: <It cannot be too greatly emphasized that the most important role in Pawn endings is played by the King> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <What is the object of playing a gambit opening?... To acquire a reputation of being a dashing player at the cost of losing a game> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <Before the endgame the gods have placed the middlegame> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <All lines of play which lead to the imprisonment of the bishop are on principle to be condemned> (on the closed Ruy Lopez) - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <He who fears the isolated queen's pawn should give up chess> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  lost in space: 14th of May 1915 - 100 years ago - Siebert Tarrasch lost his second son in WW I
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  lost in space:
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  TheFocus: <Mistrust is the most necessary characteristic of the chess player> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <Every move creates a weakness> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <If the defender is forced to give up the center, then every possible attack follows almost of itself> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <Weak points or holes in the opponent's position must be occupied by pieces, not pawns> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <It is not enough to be a good player... you must also play well> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <One doesn't have to play well, it's enough to play better than your opponent> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <First-class players lose to second-class players because second-class players sometimes play a first-class game> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <By 1914 anybody who read books understood the principles of the open game, and they understood them either directly or indirectly because of Tarrasch`s untiring efforts> - Reuben Fine.
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  TheFocus: <A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most difficult sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only not difficult, but almost a matter of course> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <I look one move ahead... the best!> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <One of those modest little moves may be more embarrassing to your opponent than the biggest threat> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  TheFocus: <I had a toothache during the first game. In the second game I had a headache. In the third game it was an attack of rheumatism. In the fourth game, I wasn't feeling well. And in the fifth game? Well, must one have to win every game?> - Seigbert Tarrasch.
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  Ron: And the greatest quote from Tarrasch:
<Chess is a form of intellectual productiveness, therein lies, its peculiar charm. Intellectual productiveness is one of the greatest joys -if not the greatest one- of human existence. It is not everyone who can write a play, or build a bridge, or even make a good joke. But in chess everyone can, everyone must, be intellectually productive and so can share in this select delight. I have always a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess, just as I would pity for the man who has no knowledge of love. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.>
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  Sally Simpson: The 'I had toothace.....etc ' quote is, I believe, from Tartakower.

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  Chessical: Dr Tarrasch
Herrn. Hilgers, Wendt and Wood
7th June 1908

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 Nbd7 6. e3 O-O 7. Qc2 c5 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 a6 10. a4 b6 11. O-O-O

<"White has had enough of the dry tone and wants a more complicated game.">

11...Qc7 12. d5 Bb7 13. dxe6 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Ne5 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. Nd5 Qd8 17. e7 Bxe7 18. Nf6+ Bxf6 19. Rxd8 Rfxd8 20. Rd1 Rxd1+ 21. Kxd1 Nxf3 22. Qe2 Rd8+ 23. Kc1 Nd2 24. Bxa6 Nb3+ 25. Kc2 Rd2+ 26. Qxd2 Nxd2 27. Kxd2 Bxb2; Drawn at Dr Tarrasch's proposal

<Wiener Schachzeitung, p.32, 1909>

Aug-14-15  WTHarvey: Here are 13 checkmates from the games of Siegbert Tarrasch: What's the winning move ?
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